Located just north of downtown, Rosedale is a wealthy Toronto suburb known for its gorgeous mansions and expansive parks. Architectural styles range from Victorian, Edwardian to Stockbroker’s Tudor and condominiums found in the neighbourhood’s south. Rosedale offers many parks and outdoor areas that allow residents plenty of opportunity for recreation. While strolling through the many parks you will observe views of the city skyline and take in the quiet atmosphere this neighbourhood is known for.
Compared to other wealthy Toronto neighbourhoods, Rosedale is recognized for its understated elegance. As you turn every corner, you will discover a new pocket. The neighbourhood is home to a diverse range of residents—despite its prestigious reputation—including students and millenials. Commercial streets are lined with upscale shopping boutiques and trendy cafes attended by the neighbourhood’s best dressed residents. The picturesque neighbourhood is surrounded by parks and is known as where the city’s “old money” lives.
The wealthy Rosedale neighbourhood is also known for its many high-rated private and public schools. Branksome Hall is an all-girls private school that has boarding facilities and is located within the neighbourhood. Rosedale is also home to Whitney Junior Public School, Rosedale Junior Public School, and Gradale Academy.
Rosedale is accessible by subway lines one and two on the outskirts of the neighbourhood. The Branksome Hall students and faculty benefit from the Mount Pleasant Road bus that passes directly beside the school. The area has two other bus lines: the 82 that begins and ends its circuit at Rosedale Station and the 75 that goes as far as the East Bayfront in Old Toronto.
Activities & Amenities
Take note of the Rosedale Park, east of Mt Pleasant Road, where the annual Mayfair is held. Residents enjoy a weekend of carnival rides, barbeques, midway games, and lots of family fun. Residents can find other activities throughout the year at the Mooredale House Community Centre, which hosts a variety of programs, camps, and clubs for all ages.
In the 1820s, the south part of Rosedale was settled by Sheriff William Jarvis and his wife, Mary. It was Mary who named the area “Rosedale” because of the wild roses that grew on the hillsides of their estate. The area began residential development after the Jarvis family sold their home in 1854 while North Rosedale started in 1909 with the building of the Park Drive ravine bridge.